Let's think about the 6th commandment. The theme which I have tried to develop in my past 5 editorials on the Ten Commandments has been this: The strength of any society or nation can be seen in whether a people are able to keep the commandments of God. The only true and living God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ our Lord. Only Jesus has kept the commandments of God perfectly, and it is through faith in Him that we come to know God, and then come to have the desire to obey Him.
The only way that you can keep God's commandments is through the grace (the help) of Jesus Christ.What changes, then, when you become a Christian? Your heart changes, so that you begin to love God and other people. So what does the 6th commandment have to do with that?
The 6th Commandment of the lo commandments says, "You shall not murder". You say to me, "Well I have kept that one for sure." "I have never murdered anyone." Well, let's see if you've really kept this commandment. Jesus says in Matthew 5: 21 - "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment."
"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." Let me ask you whether you are an angry person inside, in your heart, angry without a cause? What are you angry about?
Do you have a righteous anger; what the Bible describes as a righteous indignation because God's commandments are being broken by others around you?
Or do you have an unrighteous anger because you are frustrated that you cannot get people around you to do what you want them to do? T
his is the basis of all sinful violence and abuse in our society. It is the basis of xafe abuse and child abuse, sometimes even husband abuse. Husbands, if you find yourself often becoming angry at your wife or your children you are breaking the 6th commandment. You are actually murdering them in your heart whether you realize it or not. The awful truth which many fail to acknowledge or reckon with is that God does judge people for their sins, and you will perish in your sins everlastingly if you do not repent of them.
To repent is to turn from your sins with grief and sorrow over them. To repent is also to turn to God, asking to be forgiven of your sins.
Each person should repent of their particular sins and ask for the grace to do what is right. Grace and truth are found in Jesus Christ. When you come and pray to God in the name of Jesus, asking for grace, God will give it; grace so that you will change to be a loving husband and father.
This is keeping the 6th commandment.